When it comes to boosting your immune system, the most important step you can take is maintaining a healthy diet, active lifestyle, regular sleep and personal hygiene. If you're an aromatherapy lover, you may also be interested in how essential oils may be used to support a healthy immune system.
From improving our sleep and stress levels to preventing germs, keep reading as we share the best essential oils for immunity support and exactly how to use them.
How can aromatherapy help with immunity?
Our immune system is extremely complex and can be influenced by a range of different factors, including diet, sleep, physical activity, personal hygiene and stress. With this in mind, there are certain essential oils with properties that may also be beneficial for supporting a healthy immune system.
Using aromatherapy to support your immune system works in a couple of different ways. Essential oils can first help to improve the things that contribute to a healthier immune system - for example, by helping us with our sleeping patterns, or to manage stress and anxiety. Certain essential oils may also help to prevent the spread of germs, fungus and bacteria due to their antimicrobial properties.
Which essential oils are best for immunity support?
Let’s talk first about essential oils for preventing germs and bacteria. Antimicrobial oils like tea tree oil, oregano oil, lemon oil, cinnamon oil and eucalyptus oil each have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. These oils can be inhaled via an ultrasonic diffuser, or used to create your own natural disinfectant spray.
Next, consider using essential oils to manage stress and anxiety. Stress can have a huge impact on our mental and physical health. This is because consistently high levels of stress prompt our bodies to produce cortisol. Too much cortisol can weaken our immune system and put us at a higher risk of getting unwell. Calming oils such as lavender, frankincense and sweet orange are renowned for their stress-relieving properties. Take some time to be mindful each day by diffusing these calming oils throughout the home, taking a relaxing bath soak, or diluting with a carrier oil and massaging gently into the wrists, temples and soles of the feet.
Finally, think about incorporating essential oils to improve your sleeping patterns. A healthy sleep cycle is closely linked to the functioning of our immune system - and in fact, research shows that sleep-deprived people can have suppressed immunity. If you’re struggling to fall asleep, you may benefit from diffusing essential oils like lavender, clary sage and chamomile 15 minutes before bed. Several studies have shown that lavender oil in particular can improve sleep quality. You can also create your own natural pillow spray, or add a couple of drops to your bed linen.
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